Thursday, September 26 (8:30AM-5PM)
New York City College of Technology (CUNY) & NYU Tandon School of Engineering

NYCML’19 Buildings & Locations



New York City College of Technology (CUNY)
285 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221
New Building!

• Registration, Ticketing & Welcome
• Mainstage Program & Theatre
• Coffee, Breakfast, Afternoon Snacks
• Demo Expo: 70 Demos
• Startup Pavilion
• Workshops


Building 2

MakerSpace (NYU Tandon School of Engineering)
6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201

• Demo Expo: 15 Demos
• Workshops, including a tour of the MakerSpace


Building 3

NYU 370 Jay Street

• Select “tech safari” workshops of NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU Integrated Digital Media, and NYU Tandon Future Labs

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Mainstage Program: 8:30AM - 12:30PM

8:30AM. Registration & Welcome

Doors will open to NYCML’19 in the registration area, located in the first floor lobby of New York City College of Technology (CUNY) at 285 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Coffee and breakfast will be served in the registration area. Once you receive your name badge, please head into the state-of-the-art theatre for the Mainstage program. This theatre seats 1,000 guests, and seating will not be assigned. Please plan to arrive early to find your seat!

9:30AM. NYCML'19 Welcome Address

Hear from NYC Media Lab's Executive Director Justin Hendrix, who will share details about our mission to support emerging technology innovation.


About nyc media lab

NYC Media Lab connects media and technology companies with New York City’s universities to drive innovation, entrepreneurship and talent development. A public-private partnership launched by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, NYC Media Lab funds projects and programs that foster collaboration across an array of disciplines and emerging technologies. The Combine, NYC Media Lab’s venture platform, helps companies connect to startups within the City’s thriving technology ecosystem.

9:40AM. Leadership Announcements

Key members from NYC Media Lab's advisory board will share several announcements and welcome you to the full day event. You’ll also hear from leadership at our NYCML’19 host institutions: New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

10:00AM. Innovation Panel: Media 2030

From the PC to the web to mobile devices, advances in human-computer interaction have altered how we engage with information, with entertainment, and with one another. But a new decade looms- one that will see arguably more dramatic change as technologies such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality reach maturity. What trends will dominate media and technology by 2030, and how will they impact our lives? With speakers:

10:30AM. R&D Showcase: Session 1

In the past year, the Lab has completed dozens of prototyping projects with its Member Companies to explore new industry applications and startup potential. In the R&D Showcase, faculty and student representatives from recent NYC Media Lab programs will present and demo the projects, prototypes and startups they've developed in the 2018-19 season, highlighting cutting-edge developments in computer vision, machine learning, virtual reality, 5G, accessible technology and more. Presentations in Session 1 include:



Columbia University & Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Supported by Hearst
Team Members:
Shih-Fu Chang, Alireza Zareian, and Spencer Whitehead

The team developed an AI tool to process raw video footage of news stories. The resulting data and structured database contain comprehensive information around a story, including events, entities, and their relationships. Applications include video editing, search, summarization and more. Additional team members: Manling Li and Heng Ji.

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NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)
From Havas: Future of NYC Transportation Challenge
Team Members:
Antonio Guimaraes, Emily Lin, and Rashida Kamal

Access to Places seeks to make NYC subway stations accessible to people who are blind by leveraging iOS's native text-to-speech voiceover technology to offer entry and exit information, service changes, safety updates, train arrival times, and other key details within a mobile application. The informational content is complemented by beacon-triggered notifications to allow travelers to more easily navigate themselves within complicated station layouts.

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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
From NYC Media Lab Combine
Team Members:
Andrew Warburton and Alex Serafini

Retina Technologies seeks to both increase access to visual testing in medical resource-limited settings and improve patient experiences in urban ophthalmologist environments by leveraging the capabilities of virtual reality.

11:00AM. Keynote: Amir Baradaran, The Story of a New {AI}ra

AI promises drastic changes in every corner of our world, and the worlds of art and art-making are no different. But right now, there’s a massive gap between high-level conversations about the potential to merge art and technology and what’s actually happening on the ground. Amir Baradaran will discuss a radical vision of the future, one where artists and technologists work together toward an equitable use of AI within the art world for the betterment of all. It is imperative to unite visionary practitioners, scholars, institutional stakeholders, and art and tech industry leaders to unpack social issues deriving from the use of AI in art making. Baradaran will also present the first live public demo of iBEGOO, a new development platform for AI-powered immersive experiences, designed to be accessible to everyone, with no technical background required. Learn how iBEGOO is attempting to radically change the way we approach storytelling, democratize access, and bridge the equity gap between artists and technologists.


Amir Baradaran

Founder, An[0]ther {AI} in Art
Arts-Based Adjunct Researcher, Columbia University

Amir Baradaran is an Artificial ARtist, adjunct instructor and arts-based researcher at Columbia University. He is the founder of iBEGOO, a software democratizing the creation of AI-enabled Augmented Reality experiences. Baradaran is a TEDx speaker and the recipient of awards from the Knight Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. He is the founder of An[0]ther {AI} in Art, a platform to decolonize the future of AI and art-making.

11:20AM. NYC Media Lab: The Year Ahead

Learn about NYC Media Lab's 2020 initiatives in executive education, working groups, public programs and more. The Lab's Head of Partnerships Erica Matsumoto will share important announcements about new projects with corporate members, and give you a glimpse at the year to come.

11:30AM. R&D Showcase: Session 2

Alumni from NYC Media Lab programs will continue to share their work in rapid prototyping, iterative product development, customer discovery, and market validation. Presentations in Session 2 include:


Recap: Verizon 5g edtech challenge

The Verizon Foundation, in partnership with Verizon 5G Labs and NYC Media Lab, selected and awarded $1M to university and nonprofit teams to participate in the Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge. Projects were chosen for their potential to demonstrate a compelling use case for 5G technology and its ability to solve for student engagement, teacher preparedness and special needs support.

Phil Puthumana, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility at Verizon, will recap the successes of the program. Phil leads EdTech Innovation at the Verizon Foundation, responsible for the development and implementation of Verizon’s signature K12 Education programs focused on reducing the digital divide of underserved students and improving their STEM related academic achievement.

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Movers and Shakers NYC
Supported by Verizon

Team Members: Glenn Cantave and Idris Brewster

UNSUNG is an interactive, multiplayer AR learning experience. Students can read through passages about female icons of color and answer multiple choice questions within a mobile app. Correct answers will unlock different rooms related to the subject's lives that students can explore.

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The New School, Design & Technology
Supported by A+E Networks
Team Members: Chao Hui Tu and Tuba Ozkan

ESC: Project Blue Book is an AR Escape Room where players work together to discover clues and solve puzzles in order to accomplish specific goals. The game tracks the storyline of Project BlueBook, a popular HISTORY series based on a true UFO story. Players are assigned by Hynek and Quinn to steal a top-secret document from the Nevada military base as part of an unauthorized investigation into the reports of the green fireballs.



NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Supported by Viacom
Team Members: Yao Wang, Jack Langerman, and Zhipeng Fan

The team will present a pipeline for utilizing Deep Learning and state-of-the-art Transformer models, leveraging large unsupervised corpora, and a relatively small pool of labeled data to learn general representations of TV shows at the scene (and episode) level. The findings are useful for several downstream tasks including hierarchical multi-label classification, ranking, recommendation, retrieval, and visualization.

12:00PM. Keynote: Heidi Boisvert, Limbic Lab, AI, and Biometric Innovation

How can we translate the knowable underlying mechanisms of empathy—the cognitive, affective & motivational aspects—into an engine which simulates the narrative ingredients that move us to act pro-socially? Inspired by the British cyberneticists, Heidi Boisvert (PhD) had been developing an open-source biometric lab & AI system called the Limbic Lab to embody this. The Lab not only captures the brain and body’s response and adaptation to media and technology, but also uses machine learning to automate media production processes. Its goal is to find out what combination of ingredients (narrative, technological & UX/UI) are the most appealing and galvanizing to specific target audiences to enable NGOs, cultural and educational organizations to create more impactful media.

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Heidi Boisvert

CEO & Founder, futurePerfect Lab
Director of Emerging Media Technology, New York City College of Technology (CUNY)

Heidi Boisvert (PhD) is a new media artist, experience designer, creative technologist, researcher and writer who creates groundbreaking interactive, AR and transmedia gaming and storytelling experiences. Her work encompasses large-scale, networked performances in dance and theatre using bio-expressive technology. Her work is rooted in social change and social practices. Heidi founded and serves as the CEO and Creative Director of the futurePerfect lab, a boutique creative agency that works with non-profits, cultural and educational institutions to develop imaginative and playful applications of integrated media and emerging technology. Learn more about Heidi's many accomplishments here.

Photo Credit: Ryan Lash/TED

12:20PM. Closing Announcements

NYC Media Lab’s Justin Hendrix will share more details about the NYCML’19 Interactive program, to be spread across the New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and NYU Tandon School of Engineering campuses. NYC Media Lab will also share details about our 2019 Demo Expo Awards, which provides grants to the best and brightest projects on display in our 100+ project showcase.

12:30PM. Mainstage Program Ends

Following the end of the Mainstage program, snacks and light refreshments will be available in the registration area. While lunch will not be served, please check the Whova app for a list of nearby venues for food.

Interactive Program: 1:00PM - 5:00PM

1:00PM-5:00PM. Workshops Across Three Sessions

NYCML’19 Workshops will take place across three scheduled sessions. Each attendee can register for 2 workshops total; this is to save your additional time to view our 100+ project Demo Expo and Startup Pavilion.

You will register for workshops via the Whova mobile application, where you can easily format your agenda for the afternoon. Details about logging into Whova and will be sent to NYCML’19 Ticket Holders beginning on Thursday, September 5, 2019, and upon registering for the event in the days following. Once you have access to Whova, please feel free to pick and choose your workshop sessions at will.

1:00PM-5:00PM. Demo Expo: 100 Emerging Technology Projects

NYC Media Lab suggests that you use a 1 hour portion of your afternoon to browse the demos. You can use the Whova application to browse through the list of demos, descriptions of the technology, and table numbers to better plan for your experience. Use the Whova app to network, share contact information and launch valuable partnerships throughout the event.



Gymnasium, Lower Level

70+ demos will be on view within the New York City College of Technology (CUNY) gymnasium. The gym is located in the Lower Level of the main building, and is accessible by stairs and elevators from the lobby and registration area.



MakerSpace, 6 MetroTech Center, First Floor

Additional demos will be on view within the NYU Tandon School of Engineering MakerSpace. The MakerSpace is a short walk away on Jay Street, and is directly adjacent to the main lobby at 6 MetroTech Center.

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Demo Award: Live Poll!

NYC Media Lab invites attendees to participate in a live poll during our Demo Expo and Startup Pavilion sessions from 1-5PM. At the end of the event, we will tally which exhibiting team has the most "likes" and issue a prize to that team in the sum of $1,500.

To participate, search for the team in the Whova Demos & Startups tab and simply like the project with the heart icon. You will find the formal team name for each exhibitor on each team's table!

1:00PM-5:00PM. Startup Pavilion

The startup pavilion is a great way for investors and executives to meet the next wave of talent, while getting to know pre-seed companies as they continue to refine their ideas on campus. Use the Whova application at the event to connect with early stage founders.

Location: New York City College of Technology (CUNY), 2nd Floor Lounge

2:30-5:30PM. Screening: The Great Hack, A Netflix Original Documentary

Location: New York City College of Technology (CUNY), Mainstage Theatre

NYC Media Lab will host a screening of The Great Hack, a widely talked about film released by Netflix. The documentary explores how a data company named Cambridge Analytica came to symbolize the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The screening will include a discussion with The New School's David Carroll, who is featured prominently in the film. Carroll will share his deeply important research in data, design, privacy and ethics. Justin Hendrix, NYC Media Lab’s Executive Director, will lead the fireside chat with Carroll.

Registration is free and open to the public. NYCML’19 Ticket Holders can register at the link below, or using the Whova app.


David Carroll

Associate Professor of Media Design, The New School

David Carroll is known for suing Cambridge Analytica in the UK to recover his voter data from the 2016 election. His data quest is featured in the Netflix documentary The Great Hack (2019) and on WIRED. Prior to advocating for data rights, he sought to commercialize academic research in machine learning and visual interfaces through a NYC Media Lab seed grant and funding from Hearst. Before that he was director of the Parsons MFA Design and Technology program and is currently teaching a studio on the 2020 Digital Census for the Transdisciplinary Design MFA. Tweets at @profcarroll.